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Asbestos Awareness Training. for Tribal School Personnel Presented by Jim Maley. Agenda. What is Asbestos? Video – “Work Safe BC Asbestos Video” ” (2 minutes) Asbestos Health Effects Identify Asbestos Containing Material and Hazardous situations Applicable Regulations.

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asbestos awareness training

Asbestos Awareness Training


Tribal School Personnel

Presented by

Jim Maley

  • What is Asbestos?
  • Video – “Work Safe BC Asbestos Video” ” (2 minutes)
  • Asbestos Health Effects
  • Identify Asbestos Containing Material and Hazardous situations
  • Applicable Regulations
what is asbestos
What is Asbestos?
  • A naturally occurring mineral
  • Added to building materials because of its good insulating, strength, sound-proofing, fireproofing and corrosion-resistance properties
work safe bc video

Work Safe BC Video

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asbestos health effects
Asbestos Health Effects

Asbestos is a problem when it is disturbed and fibers are released into the air.

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Asbestos Health Effects

Three main health effects associated with asbestos inhalation are:

  • Asbestosis
  • Lung Cancer
  • Mesothelioma
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Asbestos Health Effects


  • fibrotic scarring of the lungs, not a cancer
  • reduces lung capacity
  • can be fatal, increases susceptibility to other heart/lung problems
  • Long latency – 15 to 30 years
  • Common to workers with high exposure over many years
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Asbestos Health Effects

Lung Cancer

  • Symptoms: persistent cough, chest pain, wheezing, labored breathing
  • Prognosis: slow, painful death
  • Abnormal growth of cells in the lung
  • Latency Period  30 years
  • Increased Risk with Smoking; 50-90%
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Asbestos Health Effects


– rare cancer of chest lining –

  • Symptoms: shortness of breath, chest pain, fluid in chest cavity
  • Prognosis: generally quick (1 year after diagnosis), painful death
  • Long latency: 30 years or more
asbestos containing building material acbm
Asbestos Containing Building Material (ACBM)

Only considered by EPA definition ACBM if greater than 1% asbestos

Two classes:

  • Friable
  • Non-friable
acbm classes
ACBM Classes


  • A material that, when dry, may be crumbled, pulverized or reduced to powder by hand pressure, and includes previously non-friable material after it has been damaged to the extent that it has now become friable
asbestos containing building materials acbm
Asbestos Containing Building Materials (ACBM)

There are three main types:

  • Thermal System Insulation (TSI)
  • Surfacing Material
  • Miscellaneous
asbestos containing building materials
Asbestos Containing Building Materials

Thermal System Insulation (TSI)

  • Pipes
  • Boilers
  • Ducts
  • Includes elbow and joint mudding
  • Can be subject to significant damage unless protected
asbestos containing building material
Asbestos Containing Building Material

Surfacing Material

  • Condensation control
  • Acoustical insulation
  • Decoration
  • Fireproofing
  • Sprayed-on or troweled-on
acbm surfacing
ACBM – Surfacing

Popcorn ceiling

Structural steel & deck coating

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Asbestos Containing Building Materials


  • Floor and ceiling tiles
  • Gaskets, mastic, plaster, wallboard
  • Asbestos/cement products
  • Fabrics such as stage curtains are not ACBM
  • Roofing felt, mastic & siding are not covered under AHERA
recognizing damage to acbm
Recognizing Damage to ACBM
  • Look for holes, rips, water stains, abrasion
  • Remember the asbestos fibers are invisible without microscope
  • Need to know where the asbestos is and always respond to any visible damage as though there has been a release
asbestos regulations
Asbestos Regulations

Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) effective 1987.

  • Applies to all public and private schools or Local Education Agencies (LEA)
  • Requires inspection, training, notifications, labels, Designated Person, and a Management Plan
  • Designated Person assigned to keep management plan and associated requirements up to date.
asbestos regulations ahera training
Asbestos RegulationsAHERA Training
  • Designated person training
  • 2-hour asbestos awareness training
  • 14-hour training
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Asbestos Regulations

National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP)


  • INSPECTION prior to renovation and demolition activities by a certified inspector.
  • NOTIFICATION required if more than 160 sq ft or 260 linear feet of friable material is removed.
  • Proper Work Methods required to prevent asbestos fiber release.
  • Proper Disposal requires friable asbestos to be disposed of in a licensed landfill.
contact information
Contact Information
  • ND, SD, CO, UT or WY Indian Country
  • Contact: Chris Maksimuk Phone: 303-312-6406
  • Email:
  • MT Indian Country
  • Contact: Jim Maley Phone: 303-312-6351
  • Email:
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Region 8 (8ENF-AT)
  • 1595 Wynkoop Street
  • Denver, CO 80202-1129